To the Wonderful People of God at Messiah Lutheran Church,

“Love the Lord and follow His plans for your life. Cling to Him and serve Him enthusiastically!” – Joshua 22:5

I write to you with joy in my heart because after much prayer and conversation, I gratefully accept the title and responsibility to serve our church as Senior Pastor. This is a privileged trust that I do not take lightly. Therefore, I ask for your continued prayers for me, my family and our church family as we begin this new chapter at Messiah. Although we don’t know the future, we know the One who does and the mission He gives us to seek and save the lost. Let’s get after it! I look forward connecting people to Jesus with you!

Yours in Jesus,

Pastor Chuck

Call Process


  • Appoint a Call Committee per Messiah’s Constitution & Bylaws (COMPLETE)
    8 people applied for the 3 Member Representative Call Committee positions. The Elders recommended 3 to the BOLM  & the BOLM voted & approved the Elder recommendations as shown below.


Steve Lang Congregation Chairman

Steve Lang
Congregation Chairman

brian watkins

Brian Watkins Congregation Vice Chair

Andy Engle Head Elder

Andy Engle
Head Elder

Amy Malterer Staff Representative

Amy Malterer
Staff Representative

Ryan Smith Member Representative

Ryan Smith
Member Representative

Lyn Clasen Member Representative

Ron Holtmeier Member Representative

  • September 18-28: Church members complete a survey and church leaders complete pastoral profile ranking of desired personal characteristics and ministry skills. (COMPLETE)
  • Develop Ministry Description (Senior Pastor Job Description) based on congregational survey results, pastor profile, and Messiah’s long term ministry plan. (COMPLETE)

    View Survey Results


  • Congregation members nominate Pastors using the official nomination form. (COMPLETE)
  •  Questions? Please contact Board of Lay Ministry Chairman, Steve Lang at
  • Submit Ministry Description, Pastor Profile, and Nomination names to District President. (COMPLETE)
    The  senior pastor nomination forms received from our congregation were forwarded to the Missouri District president on November 3.  Twelve names were submitted to the district, including Pastor Chuck Schlie.
  • District President conducts a nation-wide search (>6000 pastors) based on our information and returns names and profiles of Pastors that match Messiah’s needs. (COMPLETE)


  • Call Committee selects candidates to participate in the interview process. (COMPLETE)
  • Final candidate(s) and their families are invited to Messiah to meet staff, leaders, and congregation. (COMPLETE )
  • Call Committee recommends final slate of candidates to the Board of Lay Ministry.  If approved, the BOLM votes to approve the final slate of candidates. (COMPLETE)


  • Messiah holds Congregational Meeting to vote on list of proposed pastor(s). If approved, the call is given. (Scheduled for Sunday, January 22 at 12:30pm)
  • MEETING RESULTS: The congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church unanimously voted to call Pastor Chuck Schlie as Senior Pastor. After several weeks of prayerful consideration, Pastor Chuck Schlie accepted!
    (Sunday, January 22 at 12:30pm)